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  • #2
    It's an excellent pick. He was the BPA, and he'll be better than Walker/Knight, for the butthurt fans.

    A combo of him and Davis would give us an extremely long, quick and moblie frontcourt. And we'll destroy people on the glass.

    The Gasol comparisons are way off, imo. When he comes here, he'll be a lot like Amir. When he develops, he'll be a cross between Chandler and Noah.

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    • #3
      I'm with you Mango. Totally excited that we got this kid. I commend Colangelo for having large nads for making this pick. Only problem now is that most of Toronto want to put a hit out on BC.

      Regardless if it was Jonas, Walker or Knight at the end of the day this team was lottery bound next season anyways. Best part of that is how strong and deep next season's draft is.

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      • #4
        I've been a fan of Jonas for a while. His exactly what Toronto needed, a true Center. I was hoping that BC would pick him up. Draftexpress has had him as the 3rd overall prospect all year long. I think it's even a better pick cause Dwane Casey is the coach. He'll teach how to be a true big and make sure his defense first.
        @Chr1st1anL

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        • #5
          I also think the best thing is for him to play another year in Europe before coming making his NBA debut. It would allow him to develop his game more playing professionally overseas as well allow him to beef up which he does badly. Not to mention we wouldn't have to worry about paying his buyout.

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          • #6
            They drafted a post. I'm content. Very gutsy move by BC. While it appears unlikely, the door is not totally shut on Jonas playing next year in the NBA.

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            • #7
              I admit i wasnt too pleased with the pick initially, mostly because i dont know much about the guy.
              But looking at it more closely, he was projected to be picked 4th, and we got him at 5th so it should be a good pick.
              I think thats the main issue why Raps fans didnt like the pic, because the casual fan really doesnt know much about the kid.
              The only concern would be is he's 19, and already 7feet, with much euro experience with lots more potential. And we know who the last player we picked who had the exact same credentials. And now everybody wants this player's head.

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              • #8
                This is a tricky sell for Colangelo. The Raps' history with international big men is not good (that's being generous) and the comparisons to guys like Radojevic and Araujo are going to be beaten like rented mules, let alone the Bargs bashing. Hardcore fans may protest that it's stupid and unfair but it is the reality of the thing. Trying to get the average fan to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for tickets when you've got a 22-win team and a draft pick no casual fan has ever seen or heard of (and won't see for at least another year) isn't easy. Plus, a good portion of the press has turned on BC and they are going to be ready to kill him for this pick if there is the slightest indication of anything going wrong.

                I will say this: they had better leave this kid in Europe until he is absolutely ready to come over and play. If he comes over and looks even a little shaky the press and the fans are going to absolutely destroy him. He won't get the kind of second, third and fourth chances Bargs has. They will be running him out of town and he won't get more than a handful of games before it starts.

                It was the main reason I wasn't sure about taking a Euro big, the environment in Toronto is so poisoned that it doesn't seem like an ideal environment for a young big man to grow and develop. I guess we'll see.

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                • #9
                  Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
                  I'm with you Mango. Totally excited that we got this kid. I commend Colangelo for having large nads for making this pick. Only problem now is that most of Toronto want to put a hit out on BC.

                  Regardless if it was Jonas, Walker or Knight at the end of the day this team was lottery bound next season anyways. Best part of that is how strong and deep next season's draft is.
                  I Agree with you Doc. And we got Bayless, why not give him a chance to show what he can do as a starter. Good for you BC. Also from watching the interview after the draft, looks like he is excited to come to Canada and that in itself is a plus. With Casey coaching, I believe that he will be able to draw some big names here and he also said that there are things in the works to try to get a veteran Center here through FA. GO RAPS GO.

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                  • #10
                    My choice was Kanter as the big or Kemba as pg. Kanter was gone and JV was the BPA (big). Agree it was a gutsy pick. As i mentioned in the other thread I wouldnt rest on tonight though. I have a sneaking suspicion that there maybe a trade with the Spurs re JV (who they covet highly).

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                    • #11
                      weirdest draft ive ever seen...
                      Tristan 4th? jonas to us? knight 8th? leanard 15th???
                      i just dont know what to think, and ill leave it at that. Im curious to see how it all turns out though.
                      The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!

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                      • #12
                        At first somewhat skeptical, but made perfect sense after researching more about him.

                        Looks like we finally have our young, legit centre. This was the guy that the Spurs coveted and tried desperately to land, that says a lot.

                        A tweet from Yahoo sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski before Raptors got him:

                        The Spurs tried extremely hard to find a way to move up and get Valanciunas, but Cavs expected to break their hearts with fourth pick now.
                        I trust BC made the right choice with this one.

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                        • #13
                          Awesome pick. I'll lose it if he's moved. He's a beast in the making.

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                          • #14
                            I celebrated alone, in my home, in Argentina. It's all I can say. Raptors fan for life. Welcome Jonas

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                            • #15
                              It's funny though, click on any Jonas Valanciunas video in youtube and the comments are loaded with anti-BC and anti-Valanciunas hate. The Knight/Kemba Raptor fans are out in full force.

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